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Legal News
5 hours ago
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday upheld President Nicolás Maduro's "economic emergency decree" as legal and valid despite Congress's rejection. The decree allows [Reuters report] the president to control the budget, companies and the currency. The opposition-led Congress maintained that the legislation failed to offer solutions to the country's … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Tuesday overrode a veto by Governor Larry Hogan [official website] to pass bill [materials] that will allow felons to vote before they complete parole or probation. Sixty percent of the Democrat-dominated Senate voted in favor of overriding the veto, which is the exact … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus reported [press release] Tuesday that the country's dismal human rights conditions have remained unchanged since the October presidential election. Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur, reported human rights violations since the election that include harassment of those who attempted to practice their individual, civil, political … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Kenyan member of parliament (MP) on Friday evening called for all judges of the Kenyan Supreme Court [official website] to resign after it was recommended that a tribunal investigate Justice Philip Tunoi for allegedly accepting a Sh200 million bribe. MP Olago Aluoch of Kisumu West said [Daily Nation … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The Constitutional Court of Tajikistan [official website] has affirmed the legality of a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Tajikistan [text] that would allow the possibility of current President Emomali Rahmon [BBC profile] remaining president for life. The amendments were affirmed in late January and have a special provision naming … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] refused [order, PDF] Monday to delay the implementation of a new redistricting plan in Virginia for the upcoming election to the US House of Representatives. The case, Wittman v. Personhuballah [JURIST report], involves the 3rd congressional district, which is the only congressional district … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday condemned [press release] the reinstatement of Nigeria's senior military general, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who is alleged to have actively participated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees at the Giwa barracks detention center in March 2014. The major general was said … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on people of African descent stated [press release] Friday that "ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today." Following a tour of several US cities, including … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Thailand published a draft of its twentieth constitution on Friday amid concerns that it would be insufficient in resolving long-running troubles and that it may contribute to a weak civilian government under the sway of the military. The draft constitution [Reuters report] is intended to replace the one scrapped in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on the government of Myanmar Thursday to either repeal or amend [text] a law that could grant former presidents immunity from prosecution for human rights violations and crimes under international law. The outgoing Myanmar Parliament [official website, in Burmese] approved the Former Presidents Security … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity at the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Gbagbo faces four charges of crimes against humanity for murder, attempted murder, rape and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Central Africa Republic (CAR) constitutional court on Monday certified the results of the first round of the recent presidential vote, resulting in a runoff between two former prime ministers. The election results reported [AP report] that Anicet Georges Dologuele received about 24 percent of the vote, and Faustin … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday released a report [text] outlining serious flaws in the Iranian electoral system which they say are damaging prospects for free and fair parliamentary elections on February 26th. The report states that this is due to Iranian authorities not allowing the majority … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday expressed concern over the delay of Haiti's presidential election and urged political actors to reject all forms of violence. The election, which was to be held on Sunday, was postponed on Friday due to concerns of violence, and had already … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of Iran [official website, in Persian] on Sunday passed a law defining what constitutes a political crime. Under the country's constitution, individuals accused of committing "public offenses" are guaranteed public trials and other legal protections. Prior to this newly passed law, however, the term "political offenses" was … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising, Egyptian authorities have spent the last week clamping down on dissidents in an effort to avoid further political unrest. At the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile], Egyptian security forces searched over 5,000 homes, seized activists … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Myanmar began the process of releasing the first set of 102 mostly political prisoners on Friday days before a democratic power transfer takes place in Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese]. The democratic party led by Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] will be sitting in parliament for the first … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the government of Myanmar on Sunday to release all remaining prisoners currently being held for political and religious violations. The National League for Democracy Party (NLD) [official website, in Burmese], which won in a national election [JURIST report] last November, has … [read more]

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